Faculty of Education

Monash University

Postgraduate - Unit

This unit entry is for students who completed this unit in 2015 only. For students planning to study the unit, please refer to the unit indexes in the the current edition of the Handbook. If you have any queries contact the managing faculty for your course or area of study.

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6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2015 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Hannah Blank


This unit is part A of a two-part unit and must be taken in conjunction with part B (EDF5172).


This unit prepares students to teach school physical education from Years 7 to 12. It provides students with the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education and how these have shaped and continue to shape contemporary perspectives, paradigms of practice and diverse student needs and how they learn in physical and movement culture. They learn how teachers plan for and undertake educational projects and research as part of their professional work. A focus for this unit is on students developing competencies and skills in professional knowledge underpinned by local and international curriculum and how this is enacted in professional practice. Students are provided with opportunities, in class and/or via related professional experience (teaching practicums), to consolidate their content knowledge, develop subject matter and pedagogical content knowledge and skills relevant to teaching in secondary schools.


Upon successful completion of this unit students should be able to:

  1. demonstrate and explain the historical, philosophical and experiential foundations of physical education
  2. justify the purposes and rationale for teaching physical education in the curriculum
  3. develop content, design and plan lessons, units of work and curriculum that are developmentally appropriate
  4. demonstrate and develop knowledge of a range of resources and teaching/learning activities which support student learning and engagement
  5. plan for and undertake educational projects or research relevant to their work as professional teachers
  6. develop, discuss and incorporate various physical education specific assessment and reporting practices.


Reflective and negotiated tasks inquiring into and drawing on a practicum experience (2000 words, 50%)
Physical education portfolio where students design contemporary units of work (2000 words, 50%)

Workload requirements

Minimum total expected workload equals 12 hours per week comprising:

(a.) Contact hours for on-campus students:

  • 2-3 contact hours per week

(b.) Additional requirements:

  • independent study to make up the minimum required hours per week

See also Unit timetable information

Chief examiner(s)

This unit applies to the following area(s) of study


A major and minor sequence (total of 72 credit points) of study in physical education which should include discipline study in human movement (e.g. anatomy, physiology, exercise physiology, biomechanics, growth and motor development, skill acquisition and psycho-social aspects of physical activity), health and nutrition and study in the skill activity areas of fundamental motor skills, ball handling, dance, games, fitness education, athletics, aquatics and sport education.
A current first aid certificate (Emergency First Aid Level 2) and current AustSwim Teacher of Swimming and Water Safety certificate are required.